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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2011
What do you do with a ASW Drone Helicopter, in a non-submarine war? The Techreps of Gyrodyne, based out of Yokosuka, Japan install extra fuel tanks, additional transmitters and Video cameras and turn that torpedo delivery system, into a reconaissance platform for Gun spotting, the shells of the USN destroyer, USS DEHAVEN (DD-727). Dubbed "SNOOPY", this QH-50C SNOOPY Flight shows typical operations from USS DeHaven (DD-727) in Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam on Aug. 14, 1967. This SNOOPY QH-50C, DS-1377, returns after its TV antenna was shot off. SNOOPY aircraft were flown until "expended"; over 50 QH-50s were used and then lost in this way...and this was 44 years ago - Long before the term "UAV" was coined. The QH-50 flew from over 165 U.S. Naval ships during the DASH deployment.
DS-1377 was lost flying from DEHAVEN on May 14, 1968.
For more information, go to WWW.GyrodyneHelicopters.com